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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam
The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Emeka Omeje <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2021 12:24:24 +0000
Subject: HAPPY SUNDAY
I am Mr. Emeka.V.Omeje
I am a legit business man, I sell second hand shoes.
Please, I seek your help to partner with me and start the importation of
second hand Shoes,i promise you that it is profitable and we both will
benefit a lot from the business if it is established.
Second hand shoes are a good business here,Many African countries come to
purchase them in bulk here,to tell you how fast it sells, A container only
takes a week to work and sells all.
You may not have any idea about the business but I will guide and direct
you on all that you need to know towards the business.Too if you are not in
the position of the business kindly talk to your Brothers, Sisters.
Friends, Relatives, Coworkers, Business partners and Welwishers over there
to enable you to find the company for the second hand wear.
As much as i know that the world is full of bad people but then i have no
choice than to do it this way because i strongly believe that with God all
things are possible,too i also believe that there are still many good
people out there that will help me to make my dream come true.
If you want to help me on this kindly write to me back then i will disclose
my contacts with you such as Facebook,Phone Number,Whatsapp and Video Call.
You can as well visit here for more confirmation and trust to enable you
that I am for truth. I will also welcome other legit business from you if
avenable, all I need is a help hand and I sincerely give you my word to be
Finally this is not fake or either scam, so i do not need scammers to get
involved in this. like i told you to do your research very well before we
get started,also will i do my own verification too.
I want you to know and have it in mind that VIDEO calls are most needed in
all our communication,so do not give me any reason not to be in VIDEO calls
because it will help us to know the scammers and the real ones.
As you do so may God continue to bless you.
See my attached photos.